Certificate in Public Health

Public health advances the science and art of protecting and improving the health and quality of life of populations through the identification and prevention of diseases and injuries. Our Certificate in Public Health provides students with a comprehensive program of study in preparation for careers and advanced degrees in public health.

Public Health Certificate Program Highlights

  • Our courses are designed by leaders in the public health field with cutting-edge international industry and research experience.
  • We offer a comprehensive public health curriculum comprised of 6 classes: Fundamentals of Public Health, Fundamentals of Environmental Health, Epidemiology and Public Health, U.S. Health Care System: Programs and Policies, Program Planning and Grant Writing in Health Promotion, and Biostatistical Methods for the Health Sciences.
  • All courses successfully completed for the Certificate will count towards our MPH degree.

Public Health Certificate Overview

  • Number of Courses: 6
  • Program Duration: 2 semesters at full-time (9 credits a semester)

For information regarding accreditation at UNLV, please head over to Academic Program Accreditations.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of our Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Collect, manage and organize data to produce information and meaning that is exchanged by use of signs and symbols.
  • Gather, process, and present information to different audiences in-­‐person, through information technologies, or through media channels.
  • Strategically design the information and knowledge exchange process to achieve specific objectives.
  • Interact with both diverse individuals and communities to produce or impact an intended public health outcome.
  • Create and communicate a shared vision for a changing future.
  • Champion solutions to organizational and community challenges.
  • Energize commitment to goals.
  • Demonstrate ethical choices, values and professional practices implicit in public health decisions.
  • Consider the effect of choices on community stewardship, equity, social justice and accountability.
  • Commit to personal and institutional development.
  • Plan for the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies to improve individual and community health.
  • Understand the biological and molecular context of public health (public health biology).
  • Recognize system level properties that result from dynamic interactions among human and social systems and how they affect the relationships among individuals, groups, organizations, communities, and environments.

Public Health Career Possibilities

Our Certificate in Public Health provides students with a comprehensive program of study in preparation for public health careers in nonprofits, governments, educations, and the private sector. Some areas of public health that students may become involved in after completing the Certificate include social and behavioral health, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, and health care administration.


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Program Information

Plans of Study: Part II
Representative Syllabi
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